Pepe Veraldi had drowned himself nearly three years previously, on February 13, 1936. His body had been found under the bridge where Maria had collapsed. Had his spirit taken over Maria’s body?
One January day in 1939 seventeen-year old Maria Talarico was walking with her grandmother thought her hometown of Catanzaro, in Southern Italy. As the two passed a bridge, Maria suddenly stopped, started at the riverbank, and collapsed. Only after being taken home did she recover consciousness – and then astonished her family by addressing her mother in a gruff male voice.